Route & General Observations
Road Observation: While driving to ski Tincan on Thursday late morning we noticed a large glide crack on the West aspect of Pyramid Peak. Once we got to Tincan we saw the same type of glide crack all over similar aspects. The skiing turned out to be horrible gloop, we left, but we wondered if any of those glide cracks might be an issue.
The next morning, May 3, we were driving past Pyramid again and noticed that the glide crack had slid to dirt all the way to the valley floor. A sure sign that glide cracks are definitely active right now.
|Trigger||Natural||Avalanche Type||Wet Slab||Aspect||West|
|Elevation||1800ft||Slope Angle||unknown||Crown Depth||unknown|
glide crack release seen from road on Turnagain Arm
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||Yes||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||No||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
all the normal signs of Spring
Glide avalanche released between 4pm and 7pm on May 2nd. Confirmed by various girdwood avalanche professionals. Thanks Peter for the great photos below. We added last photo - courtesy of AK DOT avalanche program director Jim Kennedy.